MLS Soccer: Orlando City vs Columbus
Thursday, April 16th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City makes their first trip to MAPFRE Stadiumon Saturday to face Columbus, although the two have met before in the Pro Soccer Classic in both 2013 and 2014 in Florida, before Orlando appeared as an MLS club this year. Orlando City comes off a sparkling performance in Portland with a 2 - 0 result in their first and only meeting against the Timbers last weekend.
In three matches away from the Citrus Bowl this year, Orlando City has earned 7 of a possible 9 points. They are the best away team in not only the Eastern Conference, but all of MLS. However, they are still in search of their first home win of the year. They will have a chance to turn that around next weekend against Toronto at the Citrus Bowl, but until we get there, it’s this match with Columbus.
The Crew has had a rough start to the year, having traveled from Vancouver, New England and back home again, amassing 5,500 miles of air miles. They have five points in five matches and are about to embark ona seven-week stretch that sees them play one match a week, beginning and ending with games against Orlando City. We have seen 16 different starters for the team so far, with injuries and losses of players to international duty in the early going. Although this has not hurt the club, and has actually shown their depth on the roster as a whole.
Columbus and head coach Gregg Berhalter felt as if they left too much on the field, and didn't play their game against New England although, for the most part, the point from a draw is certainly seen as a positive. He pointed out fatigue as a factor with the amount of travel the team has recently had to endure, but was surely happy to take points from the two away games in a row.
Again, we will point out, that they did not have a single shot on the frame, and it is fairly obvious to all of us that if you do not shoot, you cannot score. However, the windy conditions at Gillette Stadium were also a factor.
Both teams have played well defensively for the most part, but Orlando might have a bit of an edge, as we have seen 5 of 6 Unders cashing in thus far in their 6 outings this year. We took advantage of that last weekend with our suggestion towards that Under in Portland.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
First ever MLS meeting
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +335
Orlando City +0.5 -110
Columbus -0.5 -110
Total O/U 2:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
This match will not likely be one that reminds us of what we have seen from them so far in the season, as Orlando has been able to slow down everyone except Montreal. Ironically enough as those are the only two goals Montreal has scored the entire season.
We know that Columbus likes to press, and has the speed and ability to open up the wings and put plenty of balls in the box that can create trouble. This match should be a bit more wide open, even though we did see a 0 - 0 draw with Columbus and New England last weekend.
Move this line to the Over 2 and 2.5 handicap to get closer to even money, because we simply do not see this as a low-scoring, 1 - 1 draw type of match. Even if that result does come, it won't be a complete waste of time, and we only lose half of our bet, as handicaps can provide over the course of a season. We are seeing +100 on the Over 2 and 2.5 in fact, so there is your play from us in this one, expecting a 2 - 1 result at worst to cash the ticket outright.